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For all the disruption in the publishing industry wrought by the Internet, e-readers, and tablets, reading a book still feels like, well, reading a book: tabbing through pages, digesting information linearly. But maybe that will change. The company Semi-Linear is hoping so: Its recently unveiled Citia iPad apps reinvents long-form non-fiction for the tablet, turning books into something that resembles less a sequence of chapters and more a digital spread of sharable, customizable, collectible cards.
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What was it like moving from public television straight into app development, a medium with an entirely different set of technical and design constraints?
BURTON: It’s very liberating, and incredibly frightening [chuckles]. Because we had to raise the money ourselves — and, obviously, working for myself is a real joy, having spent 30 years working for other people. Every ounce of what we have all put into this is going to benefit on some level us and our families. I really look at this project as what I’m gonna leave behind, and — and it’s good. It’s really, really good.
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Awesome: Reading Rainbow now has an iPad app.
At today’s Apple event, CEO Tim Cook showed this slide, which we have borrowed from The Verge’s excellent liveblog. It shows that Apple has shipped more iPads than its competitors have shipped computers. And that was before Apple announced the new and improved iPad.
Cook devoted the beginning of the event to talking about Apple’s vision of a “post-PC” world, one in which your primary computer doesn’t have a mouse or a keyboard. This chart shows the success of that vision.
From The Atlantic: “An aid worker using an iPad photographs the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir, near the Kenya-Somalia border, on July 23, 2011.”
[via The Dish]